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SU Sponsors Program on Water Issues in the Middle East

Feb. 6, 2008

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – A symposium at Susquehanna University Feb. 28 will examine one of the defining political issues of our time – water and the Middle East. Topics will include the Israeli-Palestinian water dispute and water-related challenges facing the Iraqi government. The program, Water in the Middle East, supports the 2007-08 university theme, “Water,” and is sponsored by Susquehanna's Jewish Studies Program, The Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society, the Department of Political Science and the Department of History.

The symposium kicks off at 4:15 p.m. with a series of presentations in the meeting rooms of Degenstein Campus Center, followed by a closing address on environmental cooperation at 8 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium of Seibert Hall. All events are free and open to the public.

The afternoon event, titled Water in the Middle East: Policy, Law, and Culture, will feature Neda Zawahri of Cleveland State University, who will discuss current negotiations for a treaty along the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers and the challenges confronting the current Iraqi government; Shlomi Dinar of Florida International University, who will speak on the Israeli-Palestinian water dispute and its resolution; and Hussein Amery of the Colorado School of Mines, who will examine the broader regional picture and its geographic perspectives.

The evening presentation, Water Partnerships: The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES) — A Working Model of How the Environment Can Be a Bridge to Cooperation in the Middle East, will feature Rabbi Michael Cohen, AIES director of special projects and David Weisberg, executive director of Friends of the Arava Institute. They will discuss how the institute is training future Arab and Jewish leaders to cooperatively solve the region's environmental challenges, and examine the trans-border environmental research supported by the institute.

Contact: Gerald Cohen
570-372-4119

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